Although they don’t get as much attention these days as smartphones, Windows-based personal computers are still a staple of the computing experience throughout the world. That said, it’s been a while since Windows PCs were actually something to get excited about the same way that we get excited for new iPhones and new Galaxy S models every year. Writing over at Techpinions, Bob O’Donnell makes the case that the launch of Windows 10 marks a significant milestone for new Windows PCs, which for the first time in years might be worthy of our excitement again.

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While Windows 10 itself looks promising, O’Donnell also zeroes in two other important developments that are worth noting: Intel’s new Skylake processors and Thunderbolt 3.0 with support for USB Type-C connectors.

“Intel’s Skylake CPUs are expected to bring better battery life for notebooks and 2-in-1s, greatly improved graphics performance, and support for faster DDR-4 memory,” he writes. “More importantly, the companion chipsets launching with Skylake are also going to enable several key new system-level capabilities including wireless charging… Thunderbolt 3.0 looks to be a big change because it brings together the new USB type C connector along with significantly expanded capability and throughput. Specifically, the 40 Gbps data transfer rate of Thunderbolt 3.0 will support up to two daisy-chained 4K displays.”

To recap: Windows hardware coming out this fall will feature improved battery life, stronger graphics and USB Type-C ports that will be used not just for accessories but for power supplies as well. What’s not to love?

Be sure to read O’Donnell’s full post by clicking here.

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